Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Faces Potential Fonfara Beatdown

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LOS ANGELE: Never before has Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. faced the potential of taking a physical beat-down in the boxing ring until now.

Chavez (48-1-1, 32 Kos) faces the bigger, stronger and heavier Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 Kos) on Saturday, April 18, at the StubHub Center in Carson. Showtime will televise the Goossen Promotions event.

“I know that this is a new weight class for me. I realize that Fonfara is very tough and bigger than me, but I am up for the challenge,” said a humble Chavez. “He’ll probably weigh 20 pounds more in the fight.”

Sure Chavez already suffered a loss several years ago against Argentina’s middleweight Sergio Martinez. But at the end of the fight it was Martinez, not Chavez, who looked more battered. This time, the son of Mexico’s legendary Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. is matched against a legit light heavyweight with the power to match and surpass his own.

“I think that Andrzej Fonfara is one of the best fighters in the light heavyweight division. Inside of boxing, everyone knows who Fonfara is. He knocked down one of the best boxers in the world in Adonis Stevenson,” noted Chavez during the press conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at LAX.

Papa Chavez seemed very concerned throughout the press conference. At times he seemed ready to jump up and call off the whole fight. But he remained calm and very subdued.

“If I was Julio’s manager, I wouldn’t have taken this fight. Fonfara is a difficult and tough fighter,” said Chavez Sr. “My son wants to fight fighters of quality and wants credibility in boxing.”

Credibility can bring a double-edged sword.

Fonfara seems ecstatic that he has a legendary boxing name on the other corner.

“Chavez Jr. is a great fighter. He uses a lot of combinations and has a powerful punch that I must be ready for. I want to show the whole world how good I am when I win this fight on Saturday,” said Fonfara, who stands about an inch taller than Chavez. “If I get the chance, I’m going to knock him out. It’s boxing so you never know what will happen.”

Fonfara’s trainer thinks he knows what’s going to happen.

“His father told him not to take this fight, but he took it anyway and that was a mistake,” said Sam Colonna, who trains Fonfara.

Amir Imam vs. Walter Castillo

Florida junior welterweight Amir Imam (16-0, 14 Kos) faces yet another tough test when he faces Nicaragua’s hard-hitting Walter Castillo (25-2, 18 Kos). The Central American was touted by his handlers as the best fighter next to Ricardo Mayorga to come out of Nicaragua until someone said Alexis Arguello.

Castillo may not be another Arguello but he’s got some of Mayorga’s vocal chops.

“I can tell you one thing, Amir Imam made a big mistake by taking this fight,” said Castillo. “I’ve fought better fighters than Amir has.”

Imam let everything fly over his shoulder like a right cross.

“I know he’s [Castillo] a good opponent, he’s got a great resume, and he’s coming to fight. He has a great record, so that alone shows what he’s capable of,” said Imam. “Come Saturday night may the better man win.”

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-stormcentre :

Hmm . . I wonder who has Fonfara and/or Chavez Jr. for this. Chavez Jr. seems to have perfected the ""gee whiz, I wonder what would happen if I really tried"" style of professional fighting. Fonfara (whom has a few KO's to his name; despite being recently dropped and beaten by Stevenson) doesn't look like the kind of light heavy you want to meet out of shape; regardless of whether you're moving up in weight or not. :)


-riverside :

I'm a JC Sr admire,but them it hard growing up breathing boxing and not following him. JR. has not convinced me one bit. a win tomorrow for JR. would be a good start.


-oubobcat :

Hmm . . I wonder who has Fonfara and/or Chavez Jr. for this. Chavez Jr. seems to have perfected the ""gee whiz, I wonder what would happen if I really tried"" style of professional fighting. Fonfara (whom has a few KO's to his name; despite being recently dropped and beaten by Stevenson) doesn't look like the kind of light heavy you want to meet out of shape; regardless of whether you're moving up in weight or not. :)
Fonfara is very limited but as we saw in the Stevenson fight is tough as nails and will not stop trying to win regardless of the situation in front of him. Chavez is more skilled and should win. But Fonfara has a legit punchers chance with that right hand. Remember too Fonfara is a much bigger man and Chavez has never been in the ring with someone so big. I could see Chavez coasting early having lots of success hitting someone who is well not that hard to hit and then getting clipped with a right and stopped suddenly.


-Skibbz :

Naturally the Poles are riding long on their man, and I agree with Storm if you're fighting Fonfara out of shape then you're in for problems down the stretch. That's where Fonfara's best chances lie, banking on Jr to tire out by the latter stages and taking it to him. We know Jr is tough but we also know he's had problems with his discipline in the past... Important career fight for him imo.


-deepwater2 :

Naturally the Poles are riding long on their man, and I agree with Storm if you're fighting Fonfara out of shape then you're in for problems down the stretch. That's where Fonfara's best chances lie, banking on Jr to tire out by the latter stages and taking it to him. We know Jr is tough but we also know he's had problems with his discipline in the past... Important career fight for him imo.
Chavez is the -300 favorite. Will he be the first tsAH favorite to lose? When The fight was just signed I thought it might be a possibility. As of today I say no way. Chavez has a great chin if nothing else.As long as he makes it to the final bell he will win even if he doesn't deserve it.


-Skibbz :

Chavez is the -300 favorite. Will he be the first tsAH favorite to lose? When The fight was just signed I thought it might be a possibility. As of today I say no way. Chavez has a great chin if nothing else.As long as he makes it to the final bell he will win even if he doesn't deserve it.
Agreed Deep, chances of him losing a decision at the final bell are slim but I think if he isn't in the best shape (I don't know how he weighed in) then Fonfara will do well in the latter stages and could be in with a shot. -300 I think is a bit skewed but tsAH guys don't lose often...


-ericfarrell85 :

He didn't make it to the final bell. He couldn't have won a decision either. Got to show something even in the most egregious cases of robbery.


-stormcentre :

Well, it looks like all the tacos, joints, women, late nights, missed weights, and doughnuts have (along with Fonfara) finally caught up with Junior. Vera, Martinez and a raft of others (possibly including Arum {but not necessarily Froch}) will be smirking. Where does he go to from here? Chavez Sr. at no time looked really happy with this matchup, and now we know why.


-walkersmithjr :

I knew all along he had the dog in him. Every time he complained to the ref I knew he wasn't going to be around for the end. Even before they announced it I knew he quit on the spool! He never learned to box just body punch a swinging heavy bag. I am very happy that this fraud has been finally exposed as it always irked me how he ended up a "Champion". Oh and about the stuff thrown into the ring, it didn't matter to the sore losers who stopped it, really low class.


-Carmine Cas :

So it appears as though he pretty much quit?


-the Roast :

So it appears as though he pretty much quit?
Yes, Silver Spoon Chavez Jr quit as soon as his assz hit the stool after that knockdown. No heart to try to fight on. This kid has annoyed me his whole hand fed career and he finally got what he deserved. Icing on the cake was he got beat by a Chicago guy who is trained by local icon Sam Colonna. I just had a conversation last Saturday at the Chicago Golden Gloves Final with Sam. Great guy who is all about boxing and his fighters. Stunning upset!!


-Pazuzu :

This media "workout" before the fight told us everything about Jr, as if we didn't already know.
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?20579-Joe-Goossen-says-Chavez-Jr-is-committed-and-working-very-hard-preparing-for-Fonfara Now maybe everyone can stop pretending about this kid...


-stormcentre :

Did anyone (aside from Chavez Sr.) notice this was Junior's penultimate, if not last, fight, whilst not only contracted to Top Rank - but also after a reasonably public and protracted contractual fall out with them? Chavez Sr. knows a thing or two about Arum, TR, and what the term "cash out" means. A fair observation may be; not many fighters seem to walk away unscathed. Even less, after and/or on the back of a reasonably public and protracted contractual fall out.


-Chris L :

Did anyone (aside from Chavez Sr.) notice this was Junior's penultimate, if not last, fight, whilst not only contracted to Top Rank - but also after a reasonably public and protracted contractual fall out with them? Chavez Sr. knows a thing or two about Arum, TR, and what the term "cash out" means. A fair observation may be; not many fighters seem to walk away unscathed. Even less, after and/or on the back of a reasonably public and protracted contractual fall out.
I might be wrong but I thought this was an Al Haymon fight, I think Chavez Jr defected from TR (he still owes them one fight I think?) and now TR is suing Chavez. I haven't seen too many Chavez jr fights, by what you guys are saying though it sounds like this was a long time coming. When this was announced I thought the combination of Fonfara + Light Heavy was a bridge too far.


-stormcentre :

Did anyone (aside from Chavez Sr.) notice this was Junior's penultimate, if not last, fight, whilst not only contracted to Top Rank - but also after a reasonably public and protracted contractual fall out with them? Chavez Sr. knows a thing or two about Arum, TR, and what the term "cash out" means. A fair observation may be that; not many fighters that are unhappy with their contract and take action and/or publicly voice such concerns, seem to walk away from TR unscathed. Even less, seem to do it after and/or on the back of a reasonably public and protracted contractual fall out. However, some in that boat/position do, at times, seem to have final fights with Top Rank that can take on the appearance of either a bridge (designed to be) too far - or ghosts for what may have previously been genuine management interest/presence. Or both. I am sure Bob, Todd and others will eagerly await to see whether Chavez Jr. can be a Mexican boxing champion and star without the promotional inertia of an outfit like Top Rank behind him. Last time I looked, Chavez Jr. (in many ways) is certainly no Mayweather Jr. So, by that account alone the mountain to scale seems very high indeed. :)


-stormcentre :

I might be wrong but I thought this was an Al Haymon fight, I think Chavez Jr defected from TR (he still owes them one fight I think?) and now TR is suing Chavez. I haven't seen too many Chavez jr fights, by what you guys are saying though it sounds like this was a long time coming. When this was announced I thought the combination of Fonfara + Light Heavy was a bridge too far.
Hey Chris, You caught/answered me midstream of editing my post. I think Chavez Jr. is still either contracted to and/or in legal battle with, Top Rank; over their contract. This fight with Fonfara, I think, was - despite being against Top Rank and Bob's wishes and also their expressed interpretation of the TR & JCC contract - outside of that contract. Still, effectively, Chavez Junior is at the end of his contractual days with Top Rank and a similar circumstance befell upon him to others that disputed their contract with Top Rank.


-Skibbz :

Puerto Rican's taking knees and Mexicans quitting on their stools
Who'd have thought it eh? Chavez is an embarrassment, he does as he pleases.


-stormcentre :

I read a funny comment on twitter last night... Who'd have thought it eh? Chavez is an embarrassment, he does as he pleases.
I read and/or heard another funny one somewhere else, can't remember where now, but it went a little like this .. . . ""tonight we put a coward in an ambulance"" Probably heard it at one of the fight nights I went to recently. And, as funny as that was/is, it's almost as funny as a slip up of an Aussie mate of mine, whom (in the days of VHS videos) made "special" movies of him and his wife (with consent). However, what was not with her consent was the fact that he accidentally handed the video back to the video rental shop; placing the "wrong" video back in the rental-jewel case. Initially he tried to not alert her to the (grave and embarrassing) "mistake". But I happened to walk into their house one day and distinctly noticed plates flying through the air, at my friend. A talk later at the - of course - pub, revealed what the issue really was. They never got the video back, and I suspect that was the end of both their "home-made video careers". Naturally I was sworn to secrecy over the extremely serious marital matter. Which is why I am not telling this story and/or releasing their names. :)


-deepwater2 :

Top rank built Chavez Jr up ,got him a shot at Martinez and negotiated a fight against GGG for Millions. Jr ran to tsAH and just ran his career into a brick wall. Jr is no Sr.


-oubobcat :

I stated earlier that Fonfara was a tough but limited guy with a punch. I am not sure if it was the way Chavez fought, he was wide open to hit hit consistently, or if Fonfara has gottend better in the last year (or a little of both) but Fonfara showed some very solid skills. And I love how he set up that left hook by turning Chavez forcing him to square up and maximizing leverage of his own on the hook to land it with devastating power. Another observation that I believed leading into this fight. If Chavez was with Top Rank, there is no way they would have put him in with Fonfara. Top Rank built Chavez brilliantly and knew that unless it was a massive fight with a massive payday (Sergio Martinez and later they tried to make the Golokvin fight) who to put Chavez in with to make him look good. Remember the Andy Lee fight...Top Rank knew Lee was much smaller and Chavez would physically overwhelm him. The issue with Fonfara for Chavez was that he was physically much bigger than Chavez. It was a fight on paper that Chavez should win but also a dangerous fight on paper. Top Rank would have put him in with a light heavyweight that was also coming up with not a big punch, milked a couple of those type fights and eventually groomed Chavez into a super fight with Ward. As for Fonfara, okay I am in and would not mind seeing a rematch with Stevenson assuming the Kovalev fight is out (and it appears to be at this moment).


-Koko85 :

While Fonfara looked good and skilled I think it's very difficult to judge how good he really is considering he fought a punching bag last night who used his head as a third glove.